By Kevin Jagernauth | The Playlist July 18, 2011 at 7:48AM
This fall, the end of the world will prey heavily on the minds of those going to their local arthouse. Lars Von Trier and his infinite sadness will unleash "Melancholia," the psychological disaster film about an apocalypse caused by a planet named Melancholia literally smashing into the Earth, killing everything in its path. But before we get to that, a much smaller, subtler and better film will tackle end times anxiety, with Jeff Nichols' "Take Shelter" rolling into cinemas.
Starring Michael Shannon and Jessica Chastain, the film follows is a man whose life slowly becomes consumed by his belief that a deadly, apocalyptic storm is on the way. A psychological slow-burn that doubles as a parable about the difficult times that face working class Americans today (seriously), Jeff Nichols film is breathless and invigorating, intellectually deep and emotionally resonant in a way that few thrillers or dramas of this sort ever are. It marks another great outing between Nichols and Shannon who paired up for the absolutely great "Shotgun Stories" which as always, we urge you to Netflix ASAP. As for the new poster for "Take Shelter," don't fear, this is not a redux of "The Birds." The winged creatures are part of the visions that Shannon's character in the film witnesses as he struggles to grasp what's real and what's fantasy.
"Take Shelter" will begin rolling into cinemas starting on September 30th and you should put it pretty high on your list of all movies. Check out the full poster below. [Movieline]